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22 January 2017 – Clay Pots

22 January 2017 – Clay Pots
January 20, 2017 Judith Simms

Lord, I have gathered together

Lots of clay pots,

Ancient, very old, a bit damaged, fairly new,

Large, small, tiny.

I love these earthen ware containers.

They remind me that the common clay

Can be transformed into something beautiful.


These pots are cherished.

Some, outliving their usefulness,

Are simply enjoyed,

Others still work as containers,

All are the result of a potter’s hand

Turning the clay.


When all the trappings of our lives are stripped away

We are left like these clay pots.

Unadorned, their simplicity of form

Design and the texture of their touch

Being all that makes them

What they are –

Yet they are more.


Our lives once stripped bare

Reveal the essence of our being.

We pray that you may find us beautiful;

That we have not despoiled your design beyond repair;

That you, seeing into our very selves,

Still love us

Though we are cracked and worn.


Look tenderly with mercy on your people

And give us strength

To love you more.



Reading: Ephesians 3:7-20

STF 618   Sacred the body


Prayers for January by Hazel Parsons